Special Report: In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act - a law that denied federal benefits to married same-sex couples. Jan Crawford reports on what impact the decision will have immediately and in the long term.
Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers for the sponsors of the state’s gay marriage ban filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the weddings being performed in SF
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday denied a last-ditch request from the sponsors of California’s now-overturned gay marriage ban to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the nation’s most populous state.
The Supreme Court has struck down part of a law that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples who were married in states that recognize their unions. The tax benefits of being married, however, are a mixed bag.
The battle for marriage equality has deeper roots than the 2003 Massachusetts State Supreme Court’s "Goodridge" ruling, which cleared the way for the nation’s first wave of legal same-sex weddings. Three decades earlier, two pioneers blazed the trail.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she’s not surprised that Southern states have pushed ahead with tough voter identification laws and other measures since the Supreme Court freed them from strict federal oversight of their elections.